Shark Valley District:
Join a ranger on a tour!
Shark Valley offers many exciting ranger guided tours! These programs can vary greatly by season, and are subject to rescheduling or cancellation in the case of inclement weather.
Check our park calendar to see scheduled programs. You can also check the current status of programs by calling the Shark Valley Visitor Center (305) 221-8776 or the main park line at (305) 242-7700.
Below are summaries of all ranger-led programs available at Shark Valley. Most programs are only offered in the Dry Season (November - April). Programs are free with park entrance fee unless otherwise noted.
Join a park ranger or volunteer for a stroll around Shark Valley. 45 minutes. Wheelchair accessible. Meet at the viewing platform.
The Everglades story is a complex tale of plants, animals, water, and history. Join us for a short talk and get an in-depth glimpse of the Everglades. Meet at the benches near the viewing platform. 30 minutes. Wheelchair accessible.
Wild Walk in the Wilderness! (Reservations Required)
Want to try something different? How about "off-roading"? Want to test yourself against the Everglades in the summer? A park ranger or volunteer will lead you through Shark River Slough using your feet as your "wheels" for a great adventure! Be prepared for high water levels, insects and mosquitoes. Reservations are required and children must be at least 12 years old. Call 305-221-8776 for more information. 2 hours.
Walk in the Dark - Everglades at Night (Reservations Required)
Join a ranger as you hike through the trails of Shark Valley at night and learn about the ecosystems of the Everglades along with the human history. Reservations will be taken 1-week prior to the walk. Call 305-221-8776 for reservations.
Canal Biking (Reservations Required)
Join a ranger for a car caravan trip to the L-67 Canal, approximately 5 miles to the east of the Shark Valley entrance. This is the old eastern boundary of the park. The bike tour will lead you down the canal berm on an unpaved, gravel road. Explore the wildlife along the canal and the great views of the eastern portion of Shark Valley Slough and the Everglades. Meet near entrance gate at Shark Valley, car caravan to L67 lot, five miles east of Shark Valley. Reservations are required one week in advance to the scheduled ride. For more information, call 305-221-8776. Approximately 3 hours. Bring your own bicycle.
Glades Biking in the Morn'
Explore the subtleness of the wetlands as the morning light wakes up its inhabitants, birds, turtles and alligators sunning themselves along your path. Join a park ranger or volunteer for a 15-mile bike ride out into Shark River Slough. Bring your own bicycle or rent one from the concession. Meet on the back side of the visitor center by the benches. Approximately 3 hours.
Meteor Shower Bike Ride (Reservations Required)
Watch an amazing meteor shower over the sawgrass prairie. Listen to the accompanying Everglades "night symphony" as you get a glimpse of a meteor shower arching across the dark night sky. Climb the observation tower to enjoy the mystery and feel the magic of the Everglades wilderness at night. Join a park ranger for an evening 15-mile bike ride. Bring your own bicycle. Reservations required one week in advance. For more information call 305-221-8776.
Tamiami Trail "Try"Athlon (Reservations Required)
The best part of the Everglades are off the main road! For those that want to do and see it all, join a ranger-led all day trip through some of the highlights of South Florida. The day will start at the Gulf Coast with a canoe trip in the mangrove estuary, followed by a hike through Big Cypress and then finish with a bike ride through the saw grass prairie at Shark Valley. Be prepared with plenty of water, food, and protection from the elements! Canoes will be provided free of charge. Bring your own bicycle or rent one at Shark Valley. Call (239) 695-3311 to make reservations up to 14 days in advance.
Shark Valley Tram Tours (Reservations Recommended)
Find yourself immersed in the "River of Grass", the very heart of the Everglades. Chances to see alligators, wading birds, and other wildlife in their natural habitat abounds. Narrated by a park ranger or park naturalist. For reservations, pricing, and additional information, call (305) 221-8455. Reservations recommended.